– In a message read on September 21, the United Nations-proclaimed Day of Peace,  Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Imus called on people to “restore the conscience” that considers “God, man, life, country and environment” as important.
The Bishop’s message cited several examples of the “lack of peace” in the world, including “armed conflicts that continue in Iraq, the Holy Land, Afghanistan and some parts of the Philippines.” He also spoke of several other wars that are “not being discussed openly, and seem to have been forgotten.”.
He lamented globalization’s adverse effects, such as the destruction of culture and environment. While the world pursues globalization, the bishop noted, many people die of poverty and hunger. “Many lives have been destroyed because of inhuman treatment to farmers, fishermen, workers, women and poor people,” he wrote
Bishop Tagle also observed that many young people waste their lives on drugs, gambling and other vices. Though globalization promises a better world, he said its adverse effects have devastated the weak and the poor.
“Local or international” politicians engaged in “endless bickering, mud-slinging and exploitation” are other circumstances that deter peace, the Bishop asserted. He observed that such conflict also happens among relatives, neighbors and fellow villagers, and said that “there is chaos and noise in several hearts” because “feelings, desires and inclinations” are clashing
He urged people to desist from becoming a “slave to consumerism” and stressed “people are more important than money.” He said that instead of working for “self-interest … competition and manipulation,” there should be “cooperation” for the “good of society.” He also urged people to have compassion and to reconcile with their enemies.